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Optical Expo '06 Opens Next Week

Light Reading and Heavy Reading present the most important optical networking event of the year, September 19-20 in Dallas

NEW YORK -- Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the world's leading online publication for the telecom industry, and its prestigious market research division, Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), have assembled an unrivaled team of market analysts, Tier 1 service providers, and prominent equipment suppliers to explore critical issues facing the optical networking industry at Optical Expo 2006.

Optical Expo 2006, being held at the Westin Galleria Dallas Hotel in Dallas on September 19 and 20, will also provide a showcase for the latest optical networking technologies and solutions. With the combined conference and exhibition, the Expo promises to be the most innovative and informative optical event of the year.

Optical Expo 2006 also boasts an unprecedented speaker lineup, including keynotes from AT&T, Fujitsu, and Interoute. High-level executives from leading service providers Broadwing, Level 3, OnFiber, and Verizon will also speak.

Scott Clavenna, Optical Expo 2006 Conference Chair and Chief Analyst for Heavy Reading, notes: "The optical market's pulse is strong in 2006, with service providers taking a renewed interest in enhancing their optical networks to meet the challenges of IPTV, fixed-mobile convergence, and a host of advanced, innovative IP services. Suppliers are finding this diversity of applications adds real, sustainable strength to the market. This has provided us with the ideal opportunity to bring industry participants together in a focused conference and expo to discuss the industry's top challenges and opportunities."

To register for Optical Expo 2006, please visit: www.opticalexpo2006.com. Registration is free for press and analysts.

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Contact:

Amy Averbook
Director of Marketing
Light Reading Inc.
[email protected]
212-925-0020 x112

About Heavy Reading
Heavy Reading is an independent market research organization offering quantitative analysis of telecom technology to service providers, vendors, and investors. Its mandate is to provide the comprehensive competitive analysis needed today for the deployment of profitable networks based on next-generation hardware and software.

About Light Reading
Founded in 2000, Light Reading Inc. (www.lightreading.com) is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. It reaches an extensive audience of executives and technologists within the telecom and enterprise networking communities, as well as the financial/industry analysts and investors who track these sectors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

About CMP Technology
CMP Technology (www.cmp.com) is a marketing solutions company serving the technology industry. Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands, CMP has earned the confidence of more technology professionals than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in ways that yield superior return on investment. CMP Technology is a subsidiary of United Business Media (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com), a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $3 billion.

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